Juan Sebastián Arias

Associate / Colombia

Principal Associate member of the Dispute Resolution team. Authorized to practice in Colombia and the State of New York. Juan Sebastian is a referee at the Conciliation and Arbitrage Center of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce (BCC). His professional practice focuses on the representation of clients in international and national arbitrages and litigation on national courts. Juan Sebastian has participated in international commercial arbitrages conducted under the rules of various arbitrage institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, CCB, the Commerce Chamber of Madrid and investment arbitrages under the rules of the CIADI and UNCITRAL. He has ample experience in national arbitrages conducted under the rules of the Conciliation and Arbitrage Center of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce. He has taken part in multiple litigations in national courts, including litigating at the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia. Juan Sebastian has been involved in multiple disputes related to the oil and gas, telecommunications, and real estate industries.​


Work experience

  • 2018 - present Principal Associate

    Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2016 - 2018 Foreign Associate, Global Disputes

    Jones Day, Miami, Estados Unidos

  • 2015 - 2015 Senior Associate, Litigios, Arbitraje e Insolvencia

    Brigard & Urrutia

  • 2010 - 2014 Intermediate Associate, Litigios, Arbitraje e Insolvencia

    Brigard & Urrutia

  • 2010 - 2010 Visiting Attorney

    Uría Menéndez

  • 2009 - 2009 Intern, Arbitraje Internacional

    Orrick Rambaud Martel, París, Francia

  • 2007 - 2008 Junior Associate, Litigios, Arbitraje e Insolvencia

    Brigard & Urrutia




Featured Cases



  • 2020 Bogotá - Colombia

    The unfounded? Fear of annulment of an international dispute

    Juan Sebastián Arias - Ámbito Jurídico Ver publicación
  • 2020 - Spain

    COVID-19 Pandemic and Standards of Investment Protection – A Cooperative Approach

    Juan Sebastián Arias - Investment Outlook, Uría Menéndez
  • 2020 Bogotá - Colombia

    Evidence of Odebrecht’s Corruption and Third-Party Rights: Arbitration Highlights of the Ruta del Sol Award

    Juan Sebastián Arias - Kluwer Arbitration Ver publicación
  • 2019 Bogotá - Colombia

    The Rules of Prague: International Arbitrage Initiative

    Juan Sebastián Arias - Asuntos Legales, La República Ver publicación


  • 2016 LL.M. Columbia University, New York, United States LL.M. Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Schola

  • 2010 MASTER 2 Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versalles, Francia Arbitration and International Business

  • 2007 Lawyer Universidad del Rosario Law

  • 2006 MASTER 1 Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, Paris, Francia International Private Law




Academic activities

  • Activity 2018 - to date

    Coach on International Arbitration Competition organized by Universidad del Rosario and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Bogotá – Colombia

    Director - Universidad del Rosario
  • Activity 2012 - 2012

    Coach on the Moot Madrid – International Arbitration Competition, Bogotá – Colombia

    Director - Universidad de Los Andes

Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker Writing and Interpretation of Arbitration Clauses International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International El Salvador 2019
  • Speaker International Arbitration School Universidad Nacional Colombia 2019
  • Speaker Youth Network of Arbitration Second Congress at the sesion: Judicial Power Intervention (Practice Cases) Bogota Chamber of Commerce 2019 Colombia
  • Speaker V International Arbitration Congress Il Ilustre Col legi de L’advocadia de Barcelona España 2018
  • Speaker IV International Seminar of Arbitration of Investments: Relevance of the domestic law on the interpretation of the bilateral investment treaties and its role as applicable law in the solution of controversies between the investor and the state Peruvian Arbitration Institute/Bolivian Arbitration and Conciliation Institute Bolivia 2018
  • Speaker What challenges does Latin America face in order to be an arbitration hub? Colvyap – Colombian Very Young Arbitration Practitioner Colombia 2018
  • Speaker Fast and Furious: International Arbitration Competition ICC YAF Event International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Colombia 2019
  • Speaker Different perspectives on the assessment, quantification and claim of damages ICC YAF Perú 2018
  • Speaker Updates on ICC arbitration International Chamber of Commerce México 2017
  • Speaker Analysis of a case study of arbitration in construction: challenges of corruption ICC YAF Event Colombia 2017
  • Speaker Practical Use of the FIDIC Contracts Lambal Training - FIDIC Colombia 2016
  • Speaker Dispute Resolution Event regarding the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the United States Ministry of Foreign Affairs Colombia 2014